Like to try a matcha smoothie bowl? Matcha is a powdered green tea containing over 100 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. Both matcha and green tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but matcha is grown differently and the entire leaf is utilizer, not just the tip.
For centuries matcha has been traditionally consumed as part of a Japanese tea ceremonies. In recent years it has become widely known and popular in tea lattes, smoothies, desserts, snacks, and more! This popularity stems from it’s amazing health benefits.
Studies show the antioxidant components in matcha have many health benefits including protecting your liver, promoting heart health, and aiding weight loss.
The phytonutrient, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is high in matcha has been highly researched for it’s anti-cancer potential and a systematic review and meta-analysis confirms it can help fight cancer in 3 ways:
- It may reduce the formation of carcinogens in the body
- Support the body’s natural immune regulation; and
- Supress cancer cell metastasis
If you enjoy the taste of green tea, then you are likely to enjoy matcha, although the taste is somewhat stronger. This smoothie bowel is a perfect introduction to the health benefits of matcha.
As with all tea (or coffee) purchase an organic and reputable brand. Tea is one of the most highly sprayed crops so organic is best to avoid toxins and heavy metals from chemical pesticides.
1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder
1 banana, frozen
1 large handful of raw baby spinach
½ a cup of frozen mango
2 tablespoons of protein powder
Blend together until smooth.
Top for coconut flakes, hemp seeds, granola or a few berries.